Field Meetings

NB Lectures are listed below the field meetings

Field meetings are open to  members only. All members are welcome giving opportunities to pursue specific interests and learn about biodiversity in different habitats and the relationships between species involved.
Reports of past excursions can be found on this website (under  NEWS items).

Field meetings for 2020 are listed below.

Please note the following precautions: stout footwear and suitable outdoor clothing should always be worn.  Bring plenty of food and drink, with sun blocker and insect repellent when relevant.  Members take part entirely at their own risk and are responsible for their personal safety and the security of their personal belongings.

Of course the weather can never be guaranteed, so some events may have to be altered slightly to work around any inclement precipitations!  Also note that return times are approximate only.

Notes for meetings led by June Atkinson:

Enquiries to her on 01423 885612 or mobile 07811 929925

Pick-up point for minibus and coach outings: meet at York Place Car Park, off York Road, Knaresborough – behind Marquis of Granby pub. Car parking charge: £1.60 all day. Please have exact money for the machine.

Booking form for trip on 11 Feb 2020

Please note that the price for the bookable trips is £17.

Notes for all the ‘botanical’ field trips

A packed lunch is required; events would normally finish around 4:00. Please email or ‘phone the organiser to say you are coming, this will make it possible to car share – many of the venues have little parking; also changes to the printed programme may have occurred. Please bring next-of-kin name and phone number.

Contact details: Muff = 01423 340 694; Kerry = 01423 540267

Allerton Park Waste Recovery Plant

It is essential to book in for this trip as numbers must be not less than 8 nor more than 15; please contact Muff by November 2nd:
The visit takes about 2 hours, both inside and outside the plant; there are quite detailed instructions about safety, what to wear, etc, which will be sent out to participants when numbers are confirmed.
When: Fri December 6 14:00 - 16:00
Where: Knaresborough HG5 0SD

HDNS Winter Walk

Leader: Colin Slator
Meet in Ripon at the Quarry Moor car park at 9am.
After visiting wildlife sites in the area, we will be having lunch at 1:30 in the Bull at West Tanfield, followed by a short walk in the afternoon. We will need to order food in advance so it’s essential to book by 3rd December by contacting Muff Upsall. (Contact details on the membership card).
When: Tue December 10 09:00 - 15:00

BSBI New Year Plant Hunt, Staveley NR

A small group of HDNS recorders are planning a hunt at Staveley YWT Nature Reserve on the afternoon of Saturday 4th January. If you would like to join us then please get in touch (
When: Sat January 4 2020 13:00 - 15:30

Nosterfield NR, Nicholson's Lagoons and YWT Ripon Wetlands

Leader: June Atkinson
Meet at Nosterfield car park at 10 am (in cars). Lunch at Lingham. After lunch, a visit to Nicholson’s Lagoons and the new Ripon Wetlands area.
When: Tue January 7 2020 10:00 - 16:00

An introduction to identification of bryophytes, Staveley

Leader: Nick Gaunt
For members wanting to learn a little more about the dark art of identifying mosses and liverworts - a field and table-top workshop on how to identify them using keys, hand lens, dissecting and compound microscope. Bring packed lunch and your own microscope(s) if you have them.
Booking with Muff Upsall is essential:
When: Tue January 14 2020 10:00 - 16:00
Where: Staveley

Hartlepool, Teesmouth and RSPB Saltholme

Leader: June Atkinson
Minibus trip. Booking required, see Booking Form. Meet at York Place car park, Knaresborough at 8.30 am. Parking fee £1.60 all day.
When: Tue February 11 2020 08:30 - 18:00

Gouthwaite Reservoir, Scar House and Angram

Leader: June Atkinson
Meet at Gouthwaite main car park at 9.30am, in cars. Looking for waterfowl and spring migrants. Stopping en route for Dipper, Pied Flycatcher and raptors. Scar House for lunch; looking for Ring Ouzel, Wheatear etc. A walk to Angram for those who so wish.
When: Tue April 28 2020 09:30 - 16:00

RSPB Fairburn Ings

Leader: June Atkinson
Meet in Reserve car park at 10am, in cars. Looking for passage migrants, waders, warblers, egrets and Spoonbills; 75 species were seen on the last two trips. RSPB members should have their cards with them.
When: Tue May 12 2020 10:00 - 16:00


Lectures take place at fortnightly meetings held between October and March (inclusive) in the St. Robert’s Centre, 2/3 Robert Street, Harrogate on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 p.m.  These meetings are open to members and guests; visitor’s fee is £3.00. All lectures start at 7.30 pm. Parking is either on the adjacent streets or, with their kind permission, in the Waitrose car park.

From Paris to Harrogate: How local action on nature can help tackle climate change

Simon Bowens, Friends of the Earth Yorkshire campaigner
The Paris Climate Change Agreement in 2015 set out an ambition to pursue efforts to keep global temperature rises within 1.5?C. The world’s leading climate experts have warned about the risks to the natural world if we fail to do so. Simon will set out some of these risks, what needs to happen in Yorkshire to reduce these risks and what we can all do to help, from planting trees to stopping fracking.
When: Wed November 20 19:30 - 21:00

Members\' Evening

An informal evening: five members show a selection of their own photographs on a variety of subjects of their choosing.
When: Wed December 4 19:30 - 21:30

Alkborough Flats

Graham Catley, professional photographer
Since its creation as a flood risk management and managed realignment site in 2006, Graham has monitored the birds and wildlife on the 440 hectare site for the Alkborough Flats Partnership, Natural England  Environment Agency, North Lincs Council and ABP, and provides a detailed insight into the changes that have taken place on the site and the way birds have adapted to the changes.
When: Wed January 8 2020 19:30 - 21:00

The Birds and Culture of Bhutan

Sheila Nash, HDNS

From high pass to valley bottom, from east to west and back again seeing all the riches of this marvellous country
When: Wed January 22 2020 19:30 - 21:00

Invasive non-native species

John Cave YWT
Invasive non-native species are the second largest threat to global biodiversity. Like much of the world, Yorkshire’s habitats and ecosystems are being impacted by an array of non-native species. What can be done to tackle these species? And how can we reduce the threat of new introductions? Yorkshire Wildlife Trust have been working for a number of years to tackle these troublesome species and protect Yorkshire’s wildlife. We will reveal more about these species; why are they so successful? their impacts, and what is being done here in Yorkshire to tackle and win the fight against Invasive species.
When: Wed February 5 2020 19:30 - 21:00

From the Notebook – a photographic journey

Malcolm Jones, HDNS
Harrogate to Hungary, Filey to Fuerteventura:  travels of a European birdwatcher.
When: Wed February 19 2020 19:30 - 21:00

Farming & Wildlife

Chris Tomson RSPB
An illustrated talk about wildlife conservation on farms mainly in Yorkshire both in the uplands and the arable east.
When: Wed March 4 2020 19:30 - 21:00

1280 and counting- Flora of HDNS area

Kevin Walker, BSBI Head of Science
Everything a non-botanist needs to know about the flora of the HDNS area but was afraid to ask. We'll look at the history of plant recording in our area - who recorded what and when - followed by a tour of the area by habitat / species (not all of them). What makes our area special from a botanical perspective and then round off with a botanical quiz just to make sure everyone has learned something.
When: Wed March 18 2020 19:30 - 21:00

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